SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Here are five things to know about the San Francisco Giants, who report to spring training Friday and hold the first workout for pitchers and catchers a day later:
HUDSON'S HEALTH: The Giants have no concerns about new pitcher Tim Hudson's arm. It's his ankle the training staff and coaches will monitor closely early in spring training, easing him in when appropriate as not to rush him back too soon.
"He's on target," athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said.
In November, Hudson received a $23 million, two-year contract to join the Giants after his 2013 season with the Braves was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery. He went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts last year for Atlanta.
Hudson was hurt July 24 in New York when the Mets' Eric Young Jr. inadvertently stepped on the back of the pitcher's lower right leg while Hudson covered first base.
Everybody is eager to see him healthy, and in a new uniform.
"A guy like Hudson fits in great, the fact that he's a talented pitcher but also a guy who's probably going to make the other pitchers better," manager Bruce Bochy said. "First and foremost we want him to concentrate on pitching."
DURABLE PENCE: Hunter Pence wants to play — each and every day.
Bochy has already given Pence the warning: San Francisco's durable right fielder might not duplicate his impressive feat of playing every game last season. Bochy mentioned to Pence late last season he might need a rest day here and there.
"Absolutely not," Pence said, noting it's ultimately Bochy's call. "My expectation right now is to go out there and play and do whatever. I'm grateful that I get the opportunity to play. I'm lucky."
SANDOVAL SLIMDOWN: Pablo Sandoval has posted photos of his new svelte self. Yes, again. Sandoval's slimdown — he's apparently weighing in some 40 pounds lighter — is a hot topic once more this spring training as the slugging third baseman enters a possible contract year.